Mohlahlane arrested for fraud and forgery – again

2011-03-17 12:06

Phil Radichaba Mohlahlane, the controversial former Land Bank chief, was picked up by the police again this morning and is appearing before the Polokwane Magistrates Court on charges of fraud and forgery.

Armed with a warrant of arrest, the police elite crime busting unit the Hawks put Mohlahlane on surveillance for several days before pouncing on him at his house in Polokwane at around 8am.

Dibero Molatjana, deputy provincial commissioner of the Hawks, said their investigations have revealed that “indeed” Mohlahlane had used fake qualifications to secure a string of lucrative senior government jobs in the Free State, Limpopo and Gauteng since 1997.

“Subsequent investigations revealed that Mohlahlane was indeed using fake documents. A report from the department of education indicated that Mohlahlane, who calls himself a Dr Philemon Mohlahlane, failed Grade 12 in Mamelodi in 1974,” Molatjana said.

She added that the former CEO of the Limpopo Agri Business Development Corporation “claimed” to have acquired his tertiary qualifications in the USA and Europe, adding the police were investigating how he managed to get them.

Police immediately took Mohlahlane to court J at the Polokwane Magistrates Court after nabbing him.Clad in a brown jacket and a striped shirt, a stressed-looking Mohlahlane (56) made his way out of the court building at lunch time surrounded by Hawks members.

He was not handcuffed.

Mohlahlane strolled out of the building staring at flashing media cameras and hardly displayed his trademark broad smile.

Limpopo provincial police spokesperson Colonel Motlafela Mojapelo said the former head of the Limpopo and Free State provincial governments did not resists arrest when they arrived unannounced.

“He was in the house preparing to leave. We then effected arrest as he was opening a butler to leave. He did not resist arrest but we surprised him,” Mojapelo said.

The police did not know whether or not Mohlahlane was alone at his house in the upmarket suburb of Bendor because they did not get inside after arresting him, Mojapelo added.

The court would continue to hear Mohlahlane’s case after it resumed after lunch.

Mohlahlane’s latest brush with the law comes just three weeks after the Hawks arrested him alongside former Gauteng housing MEC Dan Mofokeng and two other accomplices for allegedly enriching themselves with millions of rands meant to fund agriculture projects.

The Hawks believe R14 million of the R19 million set aside for those schemes was siphoned through a firm of attorneys and used to buy cars and houses, among others.

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